East Bay Getting to Zero

Quick-Links 

Choose what works for you: 

Get Free Testing at home:

  • Alameda County – Get your Home HIV test kit HERE
  • Alameda County – Get your Home STD test kit HERE for folks with vaginas 
  • (*Alameda County – Home STD test kits for all genders & body parts – coming soon!)
  • Contra Costa County -Get your Home HIV + STD test kit HERE

Get Free Testing out in the community:

  • Berkeley Free Clinic in Berkeley – get an appointment HERE
  • Oakland LGBTQ Center – get an appointment HERE
  • Out of the Closet /AHF – find your closest location and drop-in hours HERE
  • Planned Parenthood – find your closest location and get an appointment HERE
  • Rainbow Community Center in Richmond – call for hours 925-692-0090

The Details – Step by Step

You can get tested for HIV and STDs in the East Bay for free and with your privacy protected, regardless of your insurance and immigration status. Here are our recommended steps: 

  1. Choose where you want to get tested and ask for your tests.
  • At home: (specify if HIV only or HIV and STDs)
    • If you live in Contra Costa County: Request a FREE home test kit (HIV Rapid Test + STI testing) privately delivered to you by a certified test counselor.
    • If you live in Alameda County: Request a FREE home test kit (HIV Rapid Self Test) sent by mail to your house or other address of your choice. Kits arrive in 1-4 days:
  • With your regular medical provider, if you have one OR find a primary care medical provider: click here and search for “Primary Care.”
  1. Get the tests done.
    • Here’s what the testing process looks like: 
      • Watch these videos on self swabs, urine tests, OraQuick rapid tests and finger stick tests.
      • Check out this PDF poster on collecting self-swabs.
  2. Get your results. 
    • Home test kit results are ready in about 7 days.
    • HIV and hepatitis C rapid test results are ready in 20 minutes. 
    • Lab-based results are typically ready in 3-5 days.

4. Get treated for positive results.

How do I get treated for HIV & STIs?

You can get treated for HIV and STDs in the East Bay on the same day that you are diagnosed, with safe and highly effective treatment, regardless of your insurance and immigration status. When a person with HIV takes medication each day, the HIV viral load becomes undetectable, and the person does not pass on the virus to other people sexually, which is what we call U=U, for Undetectable = Untransmittable.  

Here are our recommended steps: 

  1. Decide on where you want to get treatment:
    1. With your current medical provider, if you have one: contact them and let them know you have an urgent medical need so you can be seen the same day.  
    2. With a new medical provider: click here and choose “HIV treatment” or “STD treatment” as the primary service to find a new provider.
  1. Tell the provider who gave you the diagnosis where you want to be referred, or contact them yourself. Click here to find direct contact info by text or phone.  
  1. Meet your care team and get treatment, usually on the same day. 
    1. If you’re going to your current medical provider, what typically happens is:
      1. You will meet the medical provider or their coworker so they can find out about your health and offer treatment.
      2. Sometimes providers have medication to give you at the visit. Other times you will pick up the medications at a pharmacy.  
      3. Sometimes you will need more lab tests.
      4. The care team will make a follow-up appointment. 
    2. If you’re going to a new provider, you will also first meet the intake person, who will help you get you enrolled and figure out insurance options. Then the same steps above typically happen.